Window shades and blinds are cost-effective ways to decorate apartments

Mar 30 2011

Creating the perfect living space in your new apartment means making the best use of natural light with window blinds and shades.
Creating the perfect living space in your new apartment means making the best use of natural light with window blinds and shades.
Moving into an apartment in the city can be a huge transition for some people, and being limited by the amount of space will factor into any decorative choices. The use of natural light in these spaces is essential to fostering a homey and comfortable environment. Window blinds and shades are the easiest and most cost-effective ways to decorate your space, add privacy, increase your energy efficiency and create a timeless look that's custom made for your humble abode.

There are countless choices to consider when trying to furnish a small apartment, and while you will be space-saving everywhere else, it's nice to know that there is one medium where you can be creative without having to worry about your constraints. Window blinds and shades can be custom built to fit your specifications and be made to fit even the smallest of urban windows.

If you're paying for electric and heating bills at the same time, your costs are going to rise in a hurry. Additionally, not every urban apartment building has the tightest seals on its windows, so it's up to the tenant to cut down on these costs. Calling your landlord is obviously the best bet, but during the winter and summer, controlling air leakage will help to reduce your air conditioning and heating bills.

Honeycomb cellular shades are one of the top products in the industry and are available in single and dual-cell varieties. These products offer superior insulation for your windows and are made with a soft fabric that is available in numerous styles to suit your space. Additionally, the shades are available in room darkening and blackout varieties, making them perfect for the bedroom and any place you'd like a little extra privacy.

While insulation and light control is important, some people love to experiment with their interior design choices to create a personalized aesthetic. Those looking to add a natural touch in their home decorating should look to bamboo woven wood shades. This style has a timeless appearance and will add a warming touch to your interior design. Texture is also a huge component to these shades, as their unique color and construction will help to diversify your decorating choices. Best of all, the products are available with blackout and privacy liners to provide all the functions of regular blinds.

Fabric shades are still a wonderful component to any home layout, and many of today's top interior designers use them for their large palette of colors and styles. Roller and roman shades are available in numerous colors and can instantly add depth and texture to your apartment. Roller shades offer the greatest convenience and function by using a track on the frame of the window and a fabric wrapped bottom rail for easy use.

Roman shades are much like roller shades, but use a time-tested design that folds up into itself. These options offer a much wider range of color choices and can be custom-made to fit any window. Both roller and roman shades are available in blackout, light-filtering and sunscreen varieties, so you can choose the perfect volume of light for your apartment.

No matter what you choose for your new urban space, window treatments can go a long way to improve the overall aesthetic of your apartment. They will control air leakage, reduce glare and can be one of the most cost-effective options to make your new space feel a little bit more like home.  
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